Jose Canseco hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Tim Wakefield made it stand up with ninth-inning help from Stan Belinda as the Boston Red Sox won their 11th straight on Sunday, 3-2 over the Baltimore Orioles in Boston.
Wakefield (14-1) retired the first 10 batters and had a no-hitter going until Rafael Palmeiro's solo home run with one out in the seventh. Orioles starter Rick Krivda (0-2) pitched well, striking out a career-high eight batters in seven innings, but the Orioles couldn't overcome Canseco's three-run homer in the first.Wakefield struck out three and walked three for his major league leading 14th win. He also leads the majors with a 1.65 ERA.
The Orioles knocked Wakefield out in the ninth when pinch hitter Bret Barberie opened with a walk and then scored on Brady Anderson's one-out triple. When Wakefield walked Palmeiro and Bobby Bonilla, loading the bases, Stan Belinda relieved and got Cal Ripken to hit into a hgame-ending double play.
Yankees 4, Indians 1
In New York, David Cone won his fourth straight game since joining the Yankees, Paul O'Neill hit a two-run homer and Randy Velarde had a pair of two-out RBI singles as New York beat the Cleveland Indians.
It was the second victory in a row for the Yankees after they dropped the first three games of the five-game series.
Cone (13-6) allowed six hits but gave up only three after the second inning. He walked three and struck out nine.
O'Neill hit a two-run homer in the first inning, his second homer in as many days and his team-leading 16th of the year.
The Yankees made it 3-0 in the fourth when Darryl Strawberry hit a one-out double off the wall in left-center and Velarde hit a two-out single to left.
Mark Clark (6-5) lasted six innings for Cleveland and allowed nine hits and four earned runs.
Angels 2, Twins 1
At Minneapolis, Jim Abbott allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings and beat the Minnesota Twins for the third time this season in the California Angels' victory.
Abbott (9-5), traded to the Angels on July 27, was 2-0 versus the Twins this year with the White Sox and improved to 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA against Minnesota.
Lee Smith pitched the ninth for his 28th save.
Abbott outdueled Brad Radke (8-11), who worked 8 2-3 innings, his longest major league outing.
California rookie Garret Anderson extended his hitting streak to 12 games when he broke a 1-1 tie with a fourth-inning single.
Brewers 8, Tigers 3
At Milwaukee, B.J. Surhoff drove in three runs with a single and Greg Vaughn and Mike Matheny both hit two-run doubles, powering the Milwaukee Brewers over the Detroit Tigers.
Ricky Bones (7-8) pitched 6 2-3 innings with Rob Dibble relieving after Travis Fryman singled to center to make it 8-1. Bones allowed one run on seven hits, with three strikeouts and three walks.
A three-run single by Surhoff highlighted a four-run second inning that gave Milwaukee a 6-0 lead.
Royals 6, Mariners 3
At Kansas City, Mo., Tom Gordon picked up his first victory in a month and Michael Tucker hit his first major league homer as the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners.
Gordon (7-8), who's had more success against Seattle than any other club, gave up seven hits and three runs, walked two and struck out three in 6 1-3 innings. Winless since July 14, he raised his lifetime mark against the Mariners to 11-3.
Jeff Montgomery pitched the last two innings for his 20th save.
The Royals scored four runs in the second to take a 4-0 lead, and Tucker, recalled from Omaha Saturday, homered leading off the fifth for a five-run lead.
The Mariners, who'd won five straight and scored 30 runs their previous two games, scored a total of seven runs while losing two of three weekend games in Kansas City.
White Sox 8, Athletics 7
At Chicago, Tim Raines hit a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh to break a tie and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics.
Raines' 12th homer came off Carlos Reyes (1-4). Lance Johnson drew a one-out walk and stole second and after Dave Martinez struck out, Raines delivered.
Jose Deleon (4-3) worked 1 2-3 innings of relief for the win. Roberto Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 20th save, surrendering an RBI-single by Brent Gates.
Giants 6, Cubs 3
At San Francisco, Deion Sanders hit an upper-deck homer, forced in a run with a walk and helped break up a bench-clearing brawl as the San Francisco Giants defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-3 Sunday.
Both dugouts and bullpens emptied when Chicago's Shawon Dunston charged the mound after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth inning. Dunston appeared to punch Giants pitcher Sergio Valdez, who had a cut below his left eye.
Valdez (1-2), who got his first major league win since 1991, fell apart after the incident. He gave up a single by Mark Grace and an RBI double by Sammy Sosa, and was taken out of the game.
Kevin Foster (7-9), who leads the National League with 25 homers allowed, lost his fourth straight decision. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Dodgers 4, Pirates 1
At Los Angeles, hot-hitting Eric Karros hit a two-run homer and Ramon Martinez won his 12th game as Los Angeles moved into sole possession of first place in the NL West.
The win was the third straight and 18th in the last 25 games for the Dodgers, who are one game ahead of second-place Colorado in the NL West. The Rockies lost to Atlanta 3-2.
The only other time the Dodgers have been alone in first place was on July 1, they led by a half-game.
Karros, who has matched his career high with 23 homers, has hit in seven straight games, going 10-for-26 with four homers and 12 RBIs.
Martinez (12-7) pitched 6 2-3 innings, and Todd Worrell earned his 24th save in 25 opportunities.
Expos 3, Phillies 2
At Philadelphia, Tim Laker's solo homer in the ninth inning snapped a 2-2 tie.
Laker's home run, his third, came after Philadelphia's Gregg Jefferies tied the game in the eighth with a solo shot.
The Expos have won five of six, while the Phillies have lost 10 of their last 11.
Braves 3, Rockies 2
At Atlanta, rookie Mike Mordecai's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Atlanta its 20th victory in the Braves' final at-bat.
With the game tied 2-2, Rockies reliever Darren Holmes (5-1) retired the first two Braves in the ninth but walked pinch-hitter Dwight Smith and Luis Polonia. Mordecai followed by ripping a liner down the right-field line.